On the Friday 3rd July at 6.30 pm there will be a last chance to see final season of excavation at this amazingly well-preserved Roman villa, where three large ranges of buildings are set within a courtyard enclosure. High-class finds suggest wealthy owners living here from the 1st century AD and who continued to inhabit the site for several centuries after the Romans left Britain.
Driving instructions below. There is ample parking in the meadow however the site is a good 20 minute walk from the car park. Stout shoes are recommended and be aware that the site itself is very uneven due to the excavations.
Meet in the car parking meadow at 6.30 pm for the walk up to the site
We will ask for voluntary donations to the excavation to help fund full academic publication
This is a working farm and the land owner asks that visitors leave their dogs at home (Sorry!)
How to get there: –
- From Dorchester
Follow the A35 East towards Bere Regis/ Poole/Bournemouth for about 3.9 miles,
Take the exit signposted A354/B3142 to Blandford/Milborne St Andrew/Piddlehinton,
At the roundabout take the 1st exit on to the B3142,
- From Poole
Follow the A35 West towards Bere Regis/ Puddletown/Dorchester for 1.1 miles,
Continue on through one roundabout on the A35 for about 9.3 miles,
At next roundabout take 2nd exit and continue along the A35 for 6 miles,
Take the exit signposted A354/B3142 to Blandford, Piddlehinton, Puddletown,
At the roundabout take the 3rd exit on to the A354,
At the next roundabout take the 1st exit on to the B3142, After about 1 mile turn right just before a sharp left bend (there is a triangle of grass at junction, Note that there is also a lane which you have to cross before entering farms driveway) and Druce Farm is directly ahead.
Drive through the gateway (Druce Farmhouse is on your right), then pass some large Victorian cottages, pass the cart shed on your left, follow the farm track with a modern cottage on your right. The track forks – take the left hand track and you will see several cars in the field.
Drive carefully – Be aware that small children may be playing around the houses and that farm machinery may be about
- For more details details please visit: www.dorset-archaeology.org.uk